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Latos strong in win over Oakland

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mat Latos hurled 7 1/3 scoreless innings as the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 3-1 victory in the first of two meetings against the Oakland Athletics at Great American Ball Park.

Latos (11-3) allowed just four hits and three walks and retired eight of the final nine batters he faced while improving to 7-1 at home this year.

Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored while Jay Bruce added a solo homer for the Reds, who got back in the win column after losing two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals last weekend.

The AL West-leading A's were nearly shut out for the third time during their current 1-5 slide, thanks in part to going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranding eight baserunners.

Derek Norris hit a pinch-hit homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth to avoid the whitewash, but it still wasn't enough in the setback.

Dan Straily (6-6) lasted just four innings and allowed two runs on six hits as the rookie dropped his fourth straight start since being recalled from Triple- A Sacramento.

08/06 22:18:05 ET